Renee Zellweger plays Judy Garland towards the end of her life. No longer as famous as she once was and in need of money to keep her kids, Judy takes a job doing shows in England in order to make ends meet.
Renee Zellweger absolutely brings the titular character to life. She’s great in this film as I’ve never seen her before. She showcases a story of a rise and fall of a Hollywood superstar, except in Garland’s case, rising feels a lot like falling already what with how much she was practically force-fed pills and not allowed to eat or sleep while doing 18 hour working days. And this was at a time when she was most famous and should have been allowed to live a little, but it was all ruined by the studio’s control over every aspect of her life. This was something that affected her until the day she died.
Judy was a great film. It’s a movie that pulls on your heartstrings and really makes you feel exactly what Judy does as her journey progresses. And being more of an emotional piece it really hammers emotions into practically every scene. But, though the film had a good flow, it also had many scenes that felt they could have been left on the cutting room floor, along with more than a few parts that could have been trimmed down without any detriment to the story, or the emotions presented, as a whole.
+10: Great film with amazing acting from Zellweger
-1: Some parts dragged